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Buffel Armored Personnel Carrier


Buffel Mark 1 APC


Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uganda
First Produced/Service Dates: 1978
Manufactured by: ARMSCOR (Armaments Corporation of South Africa); Chassis: Mercedes Benz UNIMOG Model 416/162 series
Crew: Mark 1 = 1+10
Mark 2 = 1+8

(1) or (2) 5.56mm or 7.62mm machine guns

Engine: 6-Cylinder Water Cooled Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: Multiple versions and variants were produced, most notably the Mark 1, Mark 2 and Mark 2A APC's.  Mark 1 Vehicles were based on Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis and some of the earlier versions also had Benz engines; subsequent vehicles fitted with Atlantis Diesel engines.  The Buffel Mark 2A/B APC's were rebuilds of Mark 1ís which added enclosed troop compartments, rear exit doors and large front/side bulletproof windows. Lastly, the difference between the Mark A and B vehicles was based on the brakes equipped; the A with drum brakes and the B with disc brakes.  Buffel means "Buffalo" in Afrikaans.
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Buffel Mark 1B APC Photos Chris Baxter (Owner of Bax Mod Models)- South Africa
Buffel Mark 1 APC Photos Clive Elliott - Editor of the Shorland Site
Buffel Mark 1 APC Photos Lt. Col. Dick Taylor (RTR) - Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK
  Buffel Mark 1 APC Photo Courtesy of Marius van Aardt - South Africa (The SA Bushwar Page)

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Buffel APC Information and Photos Army Guide.Com
Buffel APC Photos Military Vehicles of South and Southern Africa Website


Reference Author
"Buffalo Soldier" (October 2014 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young
The Battle for Namibia: South Africa's Longest War (Museum Ordnance Special Number 8 -Darlington Productions) Morgan Norval
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook (Second Edition) Christopher F. Foss
  "Show Stopper" (March 2020 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Andrew Stone
South African Armoured Vehicles: A History of Innovation & Excellence (Helion & Company, Ltd) Dr. Dewald Venter
Surviving the Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degree South Publishers) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman
War in Angola (Concord Publications) Al J. Venter

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Buffel APC Model Bax Mod (South Africa) 1/35 Resin
Buffel APC Model Bax Mod (South Africa) 1/72 Resin

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider